Firearms Manufacturing Breaks 10-Million Mark in 2013

By Woody published on in Consumer Information, News

The just-released Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 2015 Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual Statistical Update shows that firearms manufacturing in the U.S. broke the 10-million mark for the first time.

AFMER data is not published until one year after the close of the calendar year reporting period because the proprietary data furnished by filers is protected from immediate disclosure by the Trade Secrets Act. For example, calendar year 2012 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2013, but not published until January 2014.

According to manufacturing data in the report, U.S. gun makers produced a record number of firearms in 2013, a total of 10.884 million, up 26% (2.266 million from the 2012 number of 8.578 million. Perhaps more remarkable, the 2013 total is twice what it was only four years ago. In 2010, around 5.4 million firearms were manufactured.

Other tidbits from the report:

The largest segment growth was in Miscellaneous mechanisms, which jumped 62% (188,988) from 2013 (495,142) compared to 2012 (306,154).

The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999—jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013 (+27%, or 254,062 shotguns).

Pistols make up the bulk of the firearms manufactured, with 3.487 million being built in 2012 compared to 4.4 million produced in 2013 (+27%, or 953,843 pistols).

The number of rifles manufactured also increased, from 3.168 million in 2012 to 3.979 million in 2013 (+26%, or 811,364 rifles).

Revolver manufacturing was also up 9% (+57,925), moving from 667,357 in 2012 to 725,282  in 2013.

The AFMER report excludes production for the U.S. military but includes firearms purchased by domestic law enforcement agencies.

Import and export data for calendar year 2014 was also included in the report, and it showed more than 3.6 million firearms were imported into the United States; 2.1 million of those firearms were handguns.

Beretta rifle, Beretta PX4 Storm pistol, revolver, shotgun

From top: In 2013, the latest year for which data is available, the number of rifles manufactured jumped 26% over 2012 totals. Pistols showed a similar increase of +27%. Revolver manufacturing was up 9% over the 2012 total. The number of shotguns manufactured in 2013 broke the million mark for the first time since 1999 — jumping from 949,010 in 2012 to 1.203 million in 2013, or up 27%.

Why do you think firearms production has nearly doubled since 2010?

 

 

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Comments (48)

  • Dan

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    So many guns…so many pissed off anti-gun nuts…ahh, what a wonderful time we live in, eh?

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    • kikorikid

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      Why? Economic “Demand”.
      Americans want firearms.

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    • AZLE, TX.

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      IN RESPONSE TO RECENT SEATTLE, WA. GUN TAX ISSUE, I DRAFTED A REPORT TO THE NSA/HOMELAND SECURITY. ANYONE WHO WANTS A COPY CAN WRITE ME AT 271 CEDAR DRIVE – AZLE, TX. 76020 OR CALL @ (817) 360-6435.

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  • Richard

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    I wonder if they are sending a thank you letter to Obama for overall sales and Biden for the shotgun sales?

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  • Rev. Dave

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    Thanks to all the big drivers of demand for guns – Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Charles Shumer, Michael Bloomberg, Al Sharpton, Ferguson & Baltimore, and the greatest gun salesman in history Barack Obama.

    Feel free to add more – there are SO MANY that I know I must have missed a few at least.

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  • Judge Roy Bean

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    The question is actually more complex than it first appears.

    But the bottom line answer is that people, middle-class households, have witnessed one failure after another of this administration to take our Constitutional rights away. Since a New World Order is in the works, and we, the people of the USA are armed and bound to stay that way, we have become the “bone in the throat” (to quote Nikita Chrushev) of the NWO.

    We don’t trust our own government, or president, to be working in our favor. It’s clear that the only way we the people can be heard is going to be through force of numbers and voting is not the answer.

    Add it up any way you wish, we the people are going to have a government that is responsive to the Constitution and to their constituents.

    NO MORE executive orders;
    NO MORE classified legislation;
    NO MORE lobbyists;
    NO MORE endless terms;
    NO MORE attempts to remove our freedoms because of “security”;

    I could go on but this is a good start.

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  • Judge Roy Bean

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    The question is actually more complex than it first appears.

    But the bottom line answer is that people, middle-class households, have witnessed one failure after another of this administration to take our Constitutional rights away. Since a New World Order is in the works, and we, the people of the USA are armed and bound to stay that way, we have become the “bone in the throat” (to quote Nikita Chrushev) of the NEO.

    We don’t trust our own government, or president, to be working in our favor. It’s clear that the only way we the people can be heard is going to be through force of numbers and voting is not the answer.

    Add it up any way you wish, we the people are going to have a government that is responsive to the Constitution and to their constituents.

    NO MORE executive orders;
    NO MORE classified legislation;
    NO MORE lobbyists;
    NO MORE endless terms;
    NO MORE attempts to remove our freedoms because of “security”;

    I could go on but this is a good start.

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    • SYZORAX

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      The Judge, Roy! Hit it square! Those are my feelings !
      Thanks to the so called PREZ! THANKS! UNCLE JOE!
      Do you think Obummer actually want’s to be Dean Martin?
      Hey Joe! basic gun classes are offered! That’s what we the
      legal, responsible gun owners do! we take classes!

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    • kikorikid

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      So, One 7.62X51 = One Vote?

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  • Charles Tilley

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    I believe Americans are sick of this run away government . Someday it will have to be dealt with . Our Founding Father always says ,the tree of liberty needs to be cleaned out from time to time .

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    • Galaxie_Man

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      @Charles Tilley: the actual quote about refreshing the tree of liberty is:

      “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

      It was penned by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William Stephens Smith on Nov.13, 1787 You can read the entire letter at http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/founders/jefferson/thomas-jefferson-letter-to-william-stephens-smith-11-13-1787

      I fear the time for this may be drawing near.

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    • TwoDrinkMinimum

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      @ Galaxie_Man.

      Only One Problem, Though. CHIT Load of Patriot’s, No One Stupid Enough Too Be the First “Martry” For the Cause!

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    • Galaxie_Man

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      Just like April 19, 1775; TRUE Patriots do not strike first. Those that spoil for a fight and shoot first are the fringe idiots with warped dreams of glory. They will just be wiped out quickly, buried and forgotten for their stupidity. I consider myself a 3%’er, and follow the four principles of the Three Percent Catechism. They are:

      1). Moral strength
      2). Physical readiness
      3). No first use of force
      4). No targeting of innocents

      Until the government jack-boots start acting like the occupying British Military of the late 18th century, I will lay low and keep to myself. But if the time comes, I will gladly do my duty to defend The Constitution and The Republic against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

      “Don’t fire unless fired upon.” — Captain John Parker, Lexington Minutemen, 19 April 1775.

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    • rev_dave

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      Galaxie_Man, your attempts to lay low may be defeated by telling folks that’s what you’re doing. Part of what keeps tyranny in check is not knowing with any certainty who or how many will resist.

      Not trying to be critical, sir. Just a suggestion that you phrase things like that as indefinite as to persons in the future – e.g. “Many may choose to lay low and keep to themselves.”. Like the original Black Panthers – nobody knows how many or who, and those who claim they do, aren’t members.

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    • Don P

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      Rev_dave,

      Personally, I see a comparison to “gun-free zones”. If a person wants to shoot random innocent people, they go to a “gun-free zone”. They don’t go to locations where they think they might find resistance (someone who will shoot back). A government is less apt to oppress their citizens if they know that there will be armed resistance. You are correct about “not knowing with any certainty who or how many will resist”, but I don’t agree that posting here as “Galaxie_Man” is telling anyone who he is… which is apparently what you are implying. The government should always be aware that there are citizens who will, if necessary, take up arms in resistance if the government becomes unconstitutionally oppressive. Not WHO those citizens are or exactly how many, but that there ARE those citizens.

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    • AZLE, TX

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      ON FRONT CORRAL GATE AT MY BRIAR,TX RANCH IS A SIGN THAT READS: :TERRORIST FREE ZONE.”

      Reply

  • Dan

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    Let Obama, Bloomberg, and their minions put that in their pipe and smoke it. Try to remove our rights, and we will respond. I, for one, intend to purchase a bit of that manufactured inventory and I’m sure I’m not alone.

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